Tene Sommer's Blog Vol.1: In love with Ibiza05-10-2012
I decided to start writing my own blog on i-Marbella to share with you all the various events I attend and talk about some intriguing happenings and fascinating people I meet. And what a better way to start the first blog than by writing about my short, but amazing trip to Ibiza!
Before going to the third largest of the Balearic Islands, I guess you can say I was preconceived. I assumed there is nothing more to do in Ibiza than party, since the island is world-famous for its summer club parties which attract large numbers of tourists. But the four-day-holiday there really changed my mind. I'm not saying Ibiza is not a party island, but besides that it offers so much more.
Playa den Bossa - Clubbers paradise
After arriving to the hotel one of the first place, the first place I discovered was the most popular resort on Ibiza called Playa den Bossa. It offers everything from a traditional Irish pub to the celebrity attracting lounge bars, chic, chilled but definitely fun and the places vary from ‘outrageous’ to ‘laid back’, so you can find the one that suites you. I must be honest, it can be a bit too touristy, but then again everything is very close and convenient when you stay there.
One of the venues in Playa den Bossa I was really anxious to see was Ushuaia Beach Club that is famous for crazy open air parties.
On that day it was hosted by Fat Boy Slim and the girl duo Nervo, tickets priced at 50euro at the door. The place was packed with party people, but surprisingly the vip area was completely empty. I must say I was expecting Ushuaia to be much more luxurious and grandiose than it was. I don't know if it was because of the amazing photos I've seen or because of the constant hype about it. But I can't say I didn't enjoy it. It's definitely a place for a cool daytime party with a great sound system.
Cala Bassa - Heaven on earth
But my favorite beach club in Ibiza is not located in Playa den Bossa, it is on the other side of the island. The 300-metre long and 30-metre wide paradise beach with a real natural swimming pool was called The Cala Bassa Beach Club, where the whole beach is one big beach club with various areas, so whether you enjoy listening to chillout beats by a live dj, eating in a restaurant or you would rather tan in peace and quiet, this is the place to go.
Cala Bassa offers a large curve of fine white sand from which there are fabulous views of the well known promontory of Cap Nono and San Antonio and the rocky promontories on either side of the sand are perfect for fishing or jumping off into the crystal clear water!
The three hours I spent lying of a sun bed in Cala Bassa were truly relaxing and made me feel like I was in a distant holiday resort, not in the party island. The only thing I didn't get to do was the pedaloes, since they stopped renting them at 5pm.
So if you're going to Cala Bassa, make sure you go in the morning, then you have a whole day to enjoy the sun, water and water sports, such as pedaloes, paddle surf or jet skis!
Ibiza's enchanting Old Town
After a day at the beach, the best thing to do is visit the beautiful old town in Ibiza. The Old Town has three main areas: Dalt Vila; Sa Penya, the old gypsy quarter on the northern slopes – now the home of the town’s colourful gay scene; and La Marina, Ibiza's atmospheric harbourside quarter with the narrow streets full of bars, restaurants and fashionable boutiques.
My favorite restaurant in the Old town was La Brasa with a charming little garden, founded in 1977. The mediterranean and traditional cuisine they offer is mind-blowing. I never tried mussels in my life and that is the place I fell in love with them(and the delicious sauce they were served in)! When I return to Ibiza, this will be my number one place to eat again..
Ibiza Nightlife - Amnesia vs Pacha
Although I was on the official party island, I only got to visit two clubs - Amnesia and Pacha. And there is no doubt which one I liked more. I may be exaggerating a bit, but in my opinion Amnesia is stuck in the 70s, when they first opened it. Despite the fact that the club can pack more than 5,000 people on the dance floors, the vip and the interior was really bland and lacked style and so did the dancers. The dance floor smelled of sweat and puke and even though I was in the VIP area I didn't feel like partying in that club. What I did enjoy was Eric Prydz, who happened to play that night, although the music stopped twice during his set (it was not his fault though).. Therefore, I must say that Pacha gets my vote between those two, not only because of the interior and the five different rooms with different musical styles, but for the whole package. The dancers were hot, the people were chic and overall it had much more class.
Pacha is definitely a super-club extraordinaire!
Talking about the people in Ibiza, I must say they have a very different vibe, compared to Marbella. They're more relaxed and dress in hippie chic style, when in Marbella I see the over the top shoes, dresses and makeup way too often.. And the shops in the old town also sell more bohemian style clothes, rather than Essex ultra tight dresses. Basically the whole meaning of Ibiza for me changed completely with this trip. It's not just a party island, it has everything - paradise beaches, cultural old town, cool shops, charming restaurants and laid-back people.
Anyway enough about Ibiza for today, although I will have to write a bit more about my holiday in my next blog..
Until next time,
By: Tene Sommer
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